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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Edinburgh Pentlands
CON Gain
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
David McLetchie
CON
12420
37.2
+8.3
Iain Gray
LAB
10309
30.9
-5.3
Ian McKee
SNP
5620
16.8
-5.3
Simon Clark
LD
3943
11.8
-0.9
Frank O'Donnell
SSP
1090
3.3
+3.3
MAJORITY 
2111
6.3
TURNOUT 
33382
57
ELECTORATE
58534

DESCRIPTION: Edinburgh Pentlands
Taking in some affluent suburbs and picturesque countryside south-west of Edinburgh, Pentlands was the safest Tory seat in the Lothian region until 1997. This is a socially-diverse seat, though the majority of inhabitants are well-off and many are engaged in well-paid non-manual jobs. The Wester Hailes council estate is situated here; though much of it was restructured in the 1980s, it still houses many people in less than salubrious surroundings. Malcolm Rifkind was first elected Conservative MP for Pentlands in February 1974. He managed to hold onto it until 1997 despite never winning a majority of more than 4,309 votes. He lost to Labour's Lynda Clarke in the 1997 election which saw the Tory wipe-out in Scotland.

Iain Gray, now enterprise minister, won the Holyrood seat in 1999. Sir Malcolm failed to win Pentlands back at the 2001 election. However, this seat remains a marginal and Tory Scottish leader David McLetchie only needs a 4% swing to take it.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14343
36.2
CON
11458
28.9
SNP
8770
22.1
LD
5029
12.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15797
40.6
CON
14055
36.1
LD
4210
10.8
SNP
4210
10.8
SSP
555
1.4
UKIP
105
0.3
Vote Scotland 2003

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